Jill Jones, the former daughter-in-law of the former Penn state coach, has received a legal order forbidding Jerry Sandusky to see three of his grandchildren.
Jill Jones, who was once married to Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, went to court to prevent the accused pedophile from accessing their two daughters, ages 9 and 7, and a son, ages 5. . to documents.
The grand jury’s indictment alleges that 67-year-old Jerry Sandusky raped eight boys, some as young as seven, for 15 years and after hearing horrific charges on Nov. 5 and Jill Jones urged her ex-husband to keep the children away. from their grandfather.
Later that day, Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dorothy, sent a text message to Jill Jones informing her that Matt had taken the children home to her state college, Pennsylvania, but the former coach was not present.
Dorothy Sandusky also called Jill Jones to try to convince her that the children would be safe around her husband, according to the documents, according to The Daily.
However, Jill Jones was adamant and successfully obtained a restraining order banning children from sleeping in their grandparents’ homes and forbidding Jerry Sandusky from seeing them unattended.
Although there is no evidence that Jill Jones has ever accused her ex-father-in-law of abusing her children, there is “fundamental disagreement about the validity of the charges against Jerry Sandusky and the risk he poses to children,” court documents said, according to The Daily.
Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, said his client denied all allegations in the 23-page indictment.
The news came when it became clear that Matt Sandusky, one of six adult children adopted by Sandusky’s family during the long marriage, attempted suicide just four months after living with the couple for the first time.
Matt Sandusky, now 33, entered their home during the Second Mile in 1995 after having a troubled childhood in which he burned down a barn.
The children’s and youth services placed him with the family at the request of Jerry Sandusky.
Probation Officer Terry Trude was concerned about Matt Sandusky’s well-being and mental health and, along with his biological mother, Debra Long, wrote a letter to District Center Judge David Green requesting that his life situation be reconsidered, Patriot-News reported.
Modern court records, however, include a letter written by Matt Sandusky asking the judge to allow him to stay with the family.
“I would like to be sent back to Sandusky. I feel that they have supported me even when I am confused. They are a loving caring group of people. I love both my biological family and Sanduski’s family. “ Matt Sandusky was writing at the time.
Matt Sandusky is not one of the eight victims of the Grand Jury indictment, but he testified before the investigating team at the Strawberry Square prosecutor’s office in Harrisburg, Patriot-News reports.
Debra Long said she also testified before the Grand Jury panel and told them about the change in her son’s behavior after he went to live with Jerry Sandusky, Patriot-News reported.
Joe Amendola objected, saying that Debra Long “never liked Jerry because she saw Jerry as someone involved in removing her child from home.”
Two of Matt Sandusky’s adopted siblings followed their father into the world of football: Edward Joel, 41, a former Nittany Lions player and now a football coach at the University of West Chester, and John, who is the director of staff for Cleveland players. Browns.
On Monday, John Sandusky went on leave from the NFL club as the scandal involving his father broke out in public. He and his wife Kia have a baby.
Over the years, Sandusky also became the parents of Ray, now 46, a photographer and woodworker living in Brentwood, Tennessee, Kara, 38, a Pennsylvania graduate, and Jeff, 35, a former Marine.
In Jerry Sandusky’s 2000 memoir, Touched, Kara, named Sandusky Werner, writes in the introduction: “We were always proud of the things he did for children.”
Ray Sandusky wrote on his website: “I have always been creative and constructive. I remember drawing meaningful images as a child in kindergarten, throwing pottery on a bicycle in junior high school and performing all sorts of installations and repairs around the house. “
This week, they saw people who believed they knew Jerry Sandusky express their shock at the allegations.
“Many people now see him as a monster.” Kip Richel, who is a co-author of Touched, told ESPN.
“I would never, ever think anything like that about him. And how long did it last? It has never happened to me. However, when I met him, I was 18. I was not a little boy.
“If everything is true and it seems that it is really in order, something has taken over his personality. Something has changed and it’s not Jerry I know. “
Meanwhile, former NFL player John Richie, who had known Jerry Sandusky since he was 14, told ESPN: “I thought he was the most compassionate, altruistic, selfless man on the face of the planet.
“There were always children around, Second Mile children (the charity set up by Sandusky, which is said to have chosen its victims).
“And these tragedies that are coming out now have brought the sport, brought everyone to the darkest place. At the moment I can’t understand the sport. At the moment, I don’t even care about sports. Because this picture of what I thought was good exploded. “